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by GrahamG
5 Feb 2009, 8:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lowering the gear size on 10 speed cassette and triple front
Replies: 10
Views: 1196

To be honest I imagine that the difference is negligible.
by GrahamG
5 Feb 2009, 11:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lowering the gear size on 10 speed cassette and triple front
Replies: 10
Views: 1196

I'm a relative beginner in comparison but had 6 months off the bike last year due to a fractured ankle and am struggling back - have found myself in 30x27 a few times now (~30") so I'm worrying about touring (towing a trailer a la Mickle) with this as the lowest gear unless my fitness drastical...
by GrahamG
5 Feb 2009, 10:34am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What's is the best way to post a bike ??
Replies: 26
Views: 1657

Definitely best to get a box off the LBS (my nearest bike shop is bl**dy awful but they leave their boxes out the back in one piece!), and pack it down like a new bike so removing wheels/mudguards/pedals etc. as previously described. Also, whilst parcelforce can be strict - my local post office very...
by GrahamG
4 Feb 2009, 12:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lowering the gear size on 10 speed cassette and triple front
Replies: 10
Views: 1196

That mars cassette is crazy expensive! I was looking at ways of doing this and I've come to the conclusion that the cheapest way is to just fit a 9 speed mtb casseette and use a jtek shiftmate. Other option is to change to a stronglight touring triple crankset (like a 26/36/48 ).
by GrahamG
30 Jan 2009, 12:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bodging saddle loops
Replies: 13
Views: 906

I've got the top one on the Carradice page but haven't even tried it yet! I'll see if I can sort it out on the weekend and let you know how I get on.
by GrahamG
28 Jan 2009, 10:29am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Help around Bristol and further North
Replies: 21
Views: 2720

I know all these routes fairly well - some of them would be a nightmare if you were unfortunate enough to catch rush-hour traffic. Anyway, if you feel like a guide would be of help then just let me know as I wouldn't find it too hard to slip out of work for half a day if necessary.
by GrahamG
28 Jan 2009, 10:06am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: My hopes of doing LEJOG have been dashed....maybe?
Replies: 12
Views: 1458

Do accommodation on the cheap too. What's that site where people offer a spare bed or sofa for cycle tourists? I can't find it through google and never bookmarked it!

Either way, in the spirit of things I can offer a bed for the night in Brizzle!
by GrahamG
28 Jan 2009, 9:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Evolution - Campagnolo compatible 10 speed cassettes.
Replies: 7
Views: 1818

Or look at a JTEK shiftmate - it'll pay for itself by the time you've gone through a few cassettes.

http://jtekengineering.com/shiftmate.htm
by GrahamG
27 Jan 2009, 9:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian KOM
Replies: 26
Views: 2148

mike wrote:My choice would be the Campagnolo group but with the TA triple.

I am thinking of changing my compact 50/34 to a TA 46/36/24.


Agreed, I've a campag triple set up but wish I'd have splurged and got a more 'lightish-tour-friendly' TA chainset to get below 30" gear-wise.
by GrahamG
26 Jan 2009, 8:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recommend me a frame
Replies: 24
Views: 1950

nice. have to admit I had seen that before and had a look over at the hewitt site how much was the frame? their chiltern (audaxy version of the cheviot) looks very fine. Still trying to get geometry out of them though http://www.hewittbikefitting.co.uk/index.php?page=hewitt It was *cough* erm... £8...
by GrahamG
26 Jan 2009, 3:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recommend me a frame
Replies: 24
Views: 1950

I have a similar problem - short body, long legs. Ended up going custom after a Paul Hewitt fitting session. I now have a bike with a 59cm ST, 55cm TT and a 20cm HT. Fantastic, expensive, but fantastic.

Gratuitous photo:

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by GrahamG
26 Jan 2009, 12:43pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Escaping Land's End...
Replies: 19
Views: 1748

Can I just post a little word of warning - there is new (old!) rolling stock on this route now being used. They are the old slam-door style trains and the bike compartment is totally separate. Unfortunately on the few I've used it's just a space with no kind of retaining straps/hooks and no wheel re...
by GrahamG
24 Jan 2009, 4:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cannondale touring classic or what else?
Replies: 34
Views: 4858

Unfortunately that's a typical example of a manufacturer getting it all wrong using a road triple groupset and thinking that's all it needs - it's just not suitable for touring, you'd have to change the crankset at the very least before using it for loaded touring. Better off looking at the Galaxy ...
by GrahamG
24 Jan 2009, 11:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cannondale touring classic or what else?
Replies: 34
Views: 4858

Unfortunately that's a typical example of a manufacturer getting it all wrong using a road triple groupset and thinking that's all it needs - it's just not suitable for touring, you'd have to change the crankset at the very least before using it for loaded touring. Better off looking at the Galaxy r...
by GrahamG
22 Jan 2009, 1:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Most useful item bought
Replies: 47
Views: 4144

1. Track pump. Without a doubt.
2. Mudguards.
3. Dynamo lighting.


....and I'm not even 30 yet :oops: :lol: